Chelone

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Chelone herbaceous perennials: shellflower
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chelone (Bot) A genus of hardy perennial flowering plants, of the order ScrophulariaceƦ, natives of North America; -- called also snakehead turtlehead shellflower, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chelone A genus of turtles; the green turtles, such as (Chelone midas, and the hawk′ s-bill or tortoise-shell turtle, Chelone imbricata. Also written Chelonia. See cut under Chelonidœ.
    • n chelone In botany, a small genus of scrophulariaceous perennial plants, in which the corolla is inflated, arched, and nearly closed, so as to resemble the head of a tortoise, whence the name: related to Pentstemon. The species are natives of the United States, and the most common one, C. glabra, is occasionally cultivated and popularly known as snake-head or turtle-head.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. chelw`nh a tortoise. So named from shape of the upper lip of the corolla